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What

Striped Adobe Lily Fritillaria striata

Observer

morganstickrod

Date

March 4, 2020 03:52 PM PST

Description

These are from a fairly well known population/occurrence. Along this particular slope, the majority of plants had already senesced, and were very dried out. A few individuals were just emerging, and a couple were still in bud. All in all, VERY dry conditions in the area, and this population is far past peak bloom for the season.

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Beaked Hazelnut Corylus cornuta

Observer

sennesand

Date

February 29, 2020 10:14 AM PST

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Coyote Canis latrans

Observer

rudyard

Date

September 27, 2018 05:04 PM PDT

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What

Northern Anchovy Engraulis mordax

Observer

dpom

Date

August 4, 2017 11:38 AM PDT

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What

Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri

Observer

sennesand

Date

May 26, 2019 03:58 PM PDT

Description

'CANYON BIRDS': the gorgeous crested Steller's Jay

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Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba

Observer

sennesand

Date

May 19, 2019 09:28 AM PDT

Description

This is by far the largest, fanciest moth I have ever seen (and photographed) at about 2 inches head-to-tail and over 3 inches with wings fully expanded.
It has the bright orange-yellow hindwings (see 2nd photo).

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What

Ithuriel's Spear Triteleia laxa

Observer

sennesand

Date

May 8, 2019 04:41 PM PDT

Description

These Triteleia laxa are abundant on this urban grassland slope and their purplish blue colour makes a nice contrast to the surrounding dry and pale grasses. And another thing:
Who wouldn't love their common name "Ithuriel's Spear", after the angel Ithuriel from Milton's 'Paradise Lost': perfectly ethereal, isn't it ...

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Checker Lily Fritillaria affinis

Observer

sennesand

Date

May 8, 2019 04:50 PM PDT

Description

There is almost nothing green left on these Fritillaria affinis, just tall stems crowned with the most amazing (and beautiful) seed pods!

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California Manroot Marah fabacea

Observer

papiliogal

Date

April 4, 2019 12:38 PM PDT

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Observer

sennesand

Date

April 29, 2019 02:23 PM PDT

Description

Take a close look: there are two centipedes here.

  • Is the big (red) guy eating the little (gray) guy?

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Douglas Iris Iris douglasiana

Observer

sennesand

Date

April 12, 2019 06:26 PM PDT

Description

This Douglas Iris bud is ready to unfurl and open up. Yet it is - in itself and at this moment in time - a thing of exquisite beauty.

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What

Coastal Green Hairstreak Callophrys viridis

Observer

sennesand

Date

March 31, 2019 01:57 PM PDT

Description

This male Coastal Green Hairstreak took a liking to a backpack that was just about the same colour as himself... he had a sit and a rest on it.

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What

Hummingbird Sage Salvia spathacea

Observer

sennesand

Date

March 26, 2019 03:38 PM PDT

Description

Found a small cluster of these plants at various stages of bloom. I shall go back periodically and monitor their progress.

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What

Mourning Cloak Nymphalis antiopa

Observer

robberfly

Date

March 23, 2019 02:16 PM PDT

Description

I can't tell if this is an overwintered male or a male with a few weeks on-the-wing...

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Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata

Observer

dpom

Date

March 16, 2019 08:41 AM PDT

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Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Observer

dpom

Date

March 16, 2019 10:47 AM PDT